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12:05 PM ET, February 12, 2008


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Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard:
Obama Unplugged  —  Lost without a Teleprompter.  —  USUALLY WHEN BARACK OBAMA gives a major speech, the overdone hosannas from the liberal commentariat follow as surely as night follows day.  The American Prospect's Ezra Klein wrote of Obama's post-Iowa victory speech, “I've been blessed to hear many great orations.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
McCain opts out on funds  —  RICHMOND — Sen. John McCain will not accept public campaign financing for the primary election — freeing him from spending limits through September and giving him a chance to compete with his Democratic opponent.  —  The Arizona senator, who's on pace …
Discussion: TIME
Washington Post:   Despite GOP's Push for McCain, Huckabee Won't Pull Out of Race
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
For Clinton, Ohio and Texas Emerge as Key States to Win  —  Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers increasingly believe that, after a series of losses, she has been boxed into a must-win position in the Ohio and Texas primaries on March 4, and she has begun reassuring anxious donors …
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
Seeking Unity, Obama Feels Pull of Racial Divide
Ariel Alexovich / The Caucus:
Clinton, Obama Set Debate Dates
Discussion: SeattlePoliticore
David Brooks / New York Times:
When Reality Bites  —  There's a big difference between the Republican and Democratic campaigns: The Republicans have split on policy grounds; the Democrats haven't.  There's been a Republican divide between center and right, yet no Democratic divide between center and left.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
8 Questions the Potomac Primary Could Answer  —  1) Will a Sweep by Obama Make Him the Front-Runner?  —  Victories in Maryland, Virginia and the District would give Barack Obama a narrow but undisputed lead among pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
John McCain's Top 24 Potential Picks For Vice-President  —  Predicting whom a particular candidate will take as Vice-President is always difficult because so many factors play into it.  Do both candidates get along?  Is the presidential nominee looking to carry a particular state, region …
Discussion: Macsmind
New York Times:
Mortgage Crisis Spreads Past Subprime Loans  —  The credit crisis is no longer just a subprime mortgage problem.  —  As home prices fall and banks tighten lending standards, people with good, or prime, credit histories are falling behind on their payments for home loans …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Amnesty Day for Bush and lawbreaking telecoms  —  The Senate today — led by Jay Rockefeller, enabled by Harry Reid, and with the active support of at least 12 (and probably more) Democrats, in conjunction with an as-always lockstep GOP caucus — will vote to legalize warrantless spying …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Strata-Sphere
Randal C. Archibold / New York Times:
Arizona Seeing Signs of Flight by Immigrants  —  PHOENIX — The signs of flight among Latino immigrants here are multiple: Families moving out of apartment complexes, schools reporting enrollment drops, business owners complaining about fewer clients.  —  While it is too early to know for certain …
MattTX / Texans For Obama:
There is No Such Thing as the Texas Primary Part II: Delegate Projections  —  Previously we examined delegate allocation and the caucus process in Texas.  The short version is that:  — Texas has 193 pledged delegates, as well as 35 unpledged delegates  — The Statewide Primary vote …
‘Clean Team’ interrogated 9/11 suspects  —  Agency tried non-coercive techniques to protect case against six detainees  —  The Bush administration announced yesterday that it intends to bring capital murder charges against half a dozen men allegedly linked to the Sept. 11, 2001 …
Sources: Gore won't endorse  —  (CNN) - He's the most prominent Democrat yet to take a side in the presidential election, but two sources close to Al Gore tell us not to expect the former vice president to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama any time during the primary season.
Michael J. Totten:
The Final Mission, Part III  —  ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ - The United States plans to hand Anbar Province over to the Iraqis next month if nothing catastrophic erupts between now and then.  The Marines will stick around a while longer, though, and complete their crucial last mission - training the Iraqi Police to replace them.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Palestinians Ask U.S. To Intervene in Suits Over Terrorist Attacks  —  The State Department is considering supporting the Palestinian Authority in its quest to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments won by American victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel …
Discussion: The Corner and Soccer Dad
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EVEN HIS ENDORSEMENT IS A SNOOZER  —  Did you hear?  Fred Thompson endorsed John McCain.  —  Don't worry.  No one else heard either.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Portman praises McCain, but deflects talk of interest in vice presidential slot  —  More than one Beltway pundit has pegged Rob Portman as a potential vice presidential pick for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  It's not hard to see why: Portman, 52, is relatively young, has served in the House …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Little Green Footballs:
Che Guevara Flags in Obama's Houston Office  —  Barack Obama won't wear an American flag on his lapel, but on the wall of his Houston campaign office: a Cuban flag with a picture of Communist mass murderer Che Guevara.  (Click picture for video.)  —  (Hat tip: LGF readers.)  —  UPDATE at 2/11/08 9:00:00 pm:
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Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
McCain still winner in updated WA GOP caucus results
Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
McCain and the Talk-Show Hosts
Max Boot / Los Angeles Times:
Go with the tough guy  —  The new ‘axis of evil’ doesn't fear …
Discussion: Think Progress
Jonah Goldberg / USA Today:
Should conservatives back Mac?
Deep Background / MSNBC:
DHS: Bombers may use ‘pregnancy prosthetics’
The Politico:
Full text: Clinton interview
Discussion: The New Republic
Tim Harper / Toronto Star:
Obama takes aim at McCain
Discussion: Redstate and Club for Growth
Indira Lakshmanan / Bloomberg:
Obama's Students, Independents Erode Clinton's Wisconsin Base
Discussion: MSNBC and Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
CBS Workers Seized; Car Bombers Target U.S.-Backed Sunnis
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Travelers to Europe May Face Fingerprinting
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Benny Avni / New York Sun:
Mayor Compares Threat of Global Warming to Terrorism
Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Danes nab suspects in cartoonist plot
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Reid's move delayed rap on Berkeley
Cal Thomas /
Redefining Conservatism  —  This just in: Ronald Reagan is dead and he's not coming back.
Debra Burlingame / Wall Street Journal:
The Clintons' Terror Pardons
Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato-at-liberty:
Puncturing the Two-Americas Myth
Discussion: The Big Picture and Pandagon